Visionary with a Purpose, Chiranjv Patel
AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Youth Icon and MD of P.C. Snehal Group of Companies is trying to change
many lives through his leadership skills. The founder trustee of Karma Foundation with one key objective “Giving back to the Society”. The First Industrialist from Gujarat to lead EO South Asia as the Regional Chairperson (2016-2018) and a Global Committee member talks in an exclusive interview
with Pria You ventured into the world of Entrepreneurs at a very young age of 21. What motivated you at that point of time? Usually people at this age are completing their graduation and looking out for jobs! Anything pushed you to be an entrepreneur?
To have a business and then conceptualizing and implementing are two sides of the same coin. Sustaining it through the gestational period and beyond is a whole new ball game altogether. (He smiles and says)My journey actually started when I was 18 years old. Being from a moderate family, the struggle started with the expectations and I was kind of rebellious that time, so the pressure was always up. After failing 12 Grad, I managed to give it another try and clear it at the bottom level
with 45 percentile and I was sent to
Bengaluru for further studies. Now the faithwith a wait of 3 days, I was given a slot of 3 minutes to prove to the dean that I am worth the admission without paying donation. 3 minutes gave me the picture of life –
Confidence - trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement
effective communication starts with the understanding that there is MY point of view, (my truth), and someone else's point of view (his truth). Rarely is there one absolute truth, so people who believe that they speak THE truth are very silencing of others. When we
realize and recognize that we can see things only from our own perspective, we can share our views in a nonthreatening way. A startup entrepreneur needs to go through a lot of learnings, unlearning’s and relearning’s. My journey reflects to every common man who dreams to do something in life. Those 3 minutes made me realize - if I have to do something same like the way I was in that room in front of the dean – the change has to be and start with ME and then there will be a change in LIFE. (A story of his struggle and start journey was shared which in detail is available on the website) He concludes by
saying - Just remember it does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop and have the courage to pursue. Some people see obstacles as a puzzle to solve. Some see obstacles as an opportunity to grow. Others see obstacles as threats. Still others see obstacles as meaning they cannot succeed. Your view of barriers to achieving your goals affects how you react.
My journey started as a student entrepreneur where I made sure I don’t lose faith in the herbal liquid product that I thought could be a change maker. Many obstacles made sure I give up , yet the determination kept me going.
I’ll say - If you see obstacles as the world being against you or as meaning you failed, then you are likely to be overwhelmed with painful thoughts and difficult emotions when faced with blocks to your goals. Perhaps you don't really experience thoughts when faced with an obstacle. Maybe you immediately experience fear or shame. Fear tells you to escape the situation that you are in danger. Shame urges you to hide. If the situation isn't one in which you need to
My journey started as a student entrepreneur where I made sure I don’t lose faith in the herbal liquid product that I thought could be a
be afraid or ashamed, either your thoughts or your emotions or both can lead you to stop working on your goals. You lose your passion. Perhaps you become resigned and no longer think about your goals or what's important to you.
Your reactions to obstacles stopped you from trying. The truth is that achieving most goals means overcoming obstacles. That's normal and part of the process. There's a quote from Frank Clark, "If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." Sometimes one can overcome obstacles and sometimes can't. Sometimes you have to work around them or find alternatives. The key is to not give up without wise consideration. Take time to learn the lessons that life throws your way. These lessons will be critical to your success as you make progress along your journey toward your goals.
You believe in the notion of 'Giving back to the society.' Can you elaborate how this inspires you and what role it plays in your success?
All our adult lives we have learnt to compete, control, and collaborate to live a better life, but often end up being stressed, hassled and fatigued from running a constant rat race. With every little thing we acquire or accomplish, our requirements increase, and more often than not, this becomes a cycle difficult to break. And yet there are people willing to take things easy, giving back to the society a part of what they acquire with an intention to see others be as happy as they are and settle for a quieter and more peaceful lifestyle, even if it’s not as financially viable as a super career-on-thego. We can choose to explore the side of our personality that allows us to be generous in giving, without expecting anything in return. Giving back to society not only makes us more generous, it also gives us a sense of purpose, and happiness in doing something for others who need it more. Giving back to society can begin with even the smallest of the gestures. Sharing knowledge for free, adding your voice to a common goal, or helping in a community project with your time are just the ways a beginner may start to give back. I always felt indebted by what I have and always had this heart of doing my bit for upliftment of people. It feels good, and creates a sense of self-worth. You can always choose to offer help in any way you can to people who need it most, and see for yourself if such an experience can be life-altering. People invest thousand and a lac rupee for exalter programs but we don’t release that the entire concept is being faked with regards to mentorship or startup programs. Now my
way of giving back to the society is - “1 Rupee Mentorship Programme “
1 year - 12 months - 12 meetings - 12 hours – 1 Rupee. Each start up at a charge of rupee is my way of giving back to the entrepreneurs today. "Every milestone is ironclad with an urge to give back to the society." (a broad smile encircles him)
You started your journey for the EO (Entrepreneurs' Organization) as a Founder President of EO Gujarat with you being elected as the regional director and chairman of entire EO Asia (2016-18). Can you elaborate the journey so far?
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) holds true to its vision - “to build world’s most influential community of Entrepreneurs”, through a one-of-itskind networking platform for entrepreneurs that fosters learning, sharing and growing together. Apart from learning and drawing from experiences of renowned speakers, as well as from regional and global events, I feel the most impactful take away comes from peer-to-peer interaction. The reason I feel this as the organization is among the world’s most inspirational is because of its asset and driving force. It offers its members unique once-in-alifetime kind of experiences, through its ever-evolving outof-the-box regional and global events.
With its 360-degree learning programmes, EO has been of phenomenal value to me, not only in my learning as an entrepreneur but also in terms of peers, networking and personal growth. From the smallest to the biggest challenges, this organization and my peers have immensely helped in transforming not only mine but every member’s life professionally and personally.
With being on board it gives me even more opportunities and responsibilities to ensure that the region grows and contributes globally. My objective is to turn our ideas into
As a leader, I need to contribute my best to achieve the highest level of growth for the South Asian Region. I would like to share, that we as a region will achieve or are already in the process of achieving initiatives planned towards greater member value some agendas. Serving this great community as a Regional Director of South Asia, I feel really happy and
proud to be a part of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
initiatives that benefit our members/ fellow peers and the organization as a whole. This needs to be done staying close to our strong set of EO core values that define us. As a leader, I need to contribute my best to achieve the highest level of growth for the South Asian Region. I would like to share, that we as a region will achieve or are already in the process of achieving initiatives planned towards greater member value some agendas. Serving this great community as a Regional Director of South Asia, I feel really happy and proud to be a part of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. It is a 360 degree organisation that shapes an entrepreneur’s life and expands one’s thinking to a different level. For 30 years, the organisation has been shaped by entrepreneurs who have built a war chest of products and programmes for others around the world. What according to you are the challenges that startups are facing nowadays in India? What are the possible solutions at the macro/micro level? Entrepreneurs face many challenges in today’s ultracompetitive business world; fortunately, contemporary times have also blessed entrepreneurs with more resources for tackling those problems than ever before. The list can be a longer one. I ll simply advise them to
remember that perseverance and intelligence are your allies; use them to your advantage keep working toward your goals. Understand that you’re not the first to struggle, and because of that there are many resources available to help you get through your darkest days as an entrepreneur so you can reap the immeasurable rewards that come with building your own successful business. Indian startups face its own set of challenges and some stellar opportunities
India is at crossroads where it now has to cater to the aspirations of a billion people. Existing frameworks can prove to be inadequate and there is a great need to leverage a billion minds and become a global power. The new boost to the start-up sector in India has opened many doors for entrepreneurship development; this is true especially for technology start-ups. There is a lot of potential with a huge talent pool in this country. However, the youth need appropriate guidance and proper incubation centres to make sure that talent is channeled in the right direction, with proper guidance. Also, with the Indian government itself being supportive with flexible compliances, tax harmonization, exemptions, enhancements and such other benefits to the start-ups, India is definitely now becoming a destination for the start-up sector.
You are one of the Founding Members of the Karma Foundation along with the communities Ahmedabad Book Club and Gujarati Book club. Your thoughts!
With an urge of giving back to the society, it was also the birth to Karma Foundation in December 2011. What started as a two-member venture with Priyanshi Patel (God Sister) and myself it is today a
68-member strong team of volunteers that is engaged in promoting the culture of reading and writing, promoting Gujarati as a language, igniting young minds by showing them the endless possibilities, engaging senior citizens and supporting abandoned children. The foundation runs Ahmedabad Book Club to promote reading and writing, Gujarati Book Club to promote Gujarati, interactive Pi Club and Science Club for teenagers, Shuruaat for primary school students, Vadil Nivas for senior citizens and Shishu Gruh initiative to support abandoned children till the age of six. We all had a common goal to not let our culture fade and with every thing possible we made sure we hold our grounds strong and let the generations to come cherish and learn.
What message you would like to share with the youth of today to prepare for his/her better future?
Powerful people, mentors and their experiences can help you change your life. A new day – fresh and brimming with boundless possibility is here. But today, like most days, will be wasted. We will sit quietly and let the world around us change, but we will not ourselves seek to change it. We will keep silent as injustice and prejudice devastate our land, for we will not utter a single word in oppression. We will dream of a better tomorrow, but will deny ourselves the vigor needed to wake from our complacency. For too long, we have relied on the wisdom, courage and power of those who have come before us, shackled by our fragile immaturity. But it is on our quivering and naïve shoulders – not theirs – that the future of our world rests. Because you are young, you can charge ahead with reckless abandon. You can be daring and bold, always refusing to accept the status quo as an absolute. It is in your
un-calloused hands that destiny itself awaits you, yearning to be shaped to your will which is truly your own. Never be afraid to make mistakes, since they’re often the best way to learn wonderful new things. And whenever you are told you are too young to understand, tell your critics they’re never too old to listen. Your inexperience will inevitably close many doors for you, but it is that same inexperience that will allow you to discover pathways that are still virgin to the common traveler’s footsteps.
There will be times when you feel completely lost and unsure of what to do next. All you have to remember is that the world is round. Keep putting one foot forward and you’ll eventually reach home again. There will be other times where your heart will be broken into a thousand jagged fragments. Do not hesitate to pick them up, because even in pieces, you will eventually find somebody who will make you feel whole. And there will be times when you will despair, where the future will seem unendingly bleak. But it is when the world looks its darkest that we are able to best appreciate all the tiny random sparks of kindness from those around us.
You are the young and able-bodied, and
it is for you that an entire future full of opportunity waits. Refuse to sit back and let life pass you by. Live each day with purpose for the betterment of yourself and for others. Use the gift of time that we often squander to make a real difference in this world of ours, for the biggest regret we can ever have – greater than failure, greater than rejection – is to have not even tried. Above all else cherish each and every memory you make, for it is today – and not tomorrow – that matters most.
(As told to Pria)